Carrie Perry's Story

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During her junior year of high school, Carrie Perry’s daughter, Sam, developed severe flu-like symptoms, which then progressed to joint pain and not being able to get out of bed. Doctors chalked it up to her having too much on her plate or said it was all in her head. But her mom, Carrie, knew something was wrong and kept searching for answers for her daughter’s symptoms. Finally, they found a local Lyme literate doctor and their answers. Sam had two strains of Lyme, confirmed by the Igenex test. After the diagnosis, Sam kind of assumed it would be like strep throat and she would take the antibiotics and be back to her normal self. Unfortunately, Sam was in so much pain she had to leave Penn State after her first semester to focus on getting better.


After over a year of high-dose antibiotic treatments that were wreaking even more havoc on her body, Sam and her family decided to try hyperbaric oxygen treatment. The hyperbaric oxygen treatment alongside changing her diet, practicing yoga, seeing a psychologist, and other treatments ultimately gave Sam her life back.


In 2018, Carrie Perry started Sam’s Spoons Foundation to help defray the out of pocket expenses incurred by families affected by chronic Lyme disease and co-infections. Chronic Lyme disease is difficult to manage, but on top of the pain, patients are completely financially responsible for their treatments. The cost of Lyme disease can be overwhelming. Sam’s Spoons Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping those in need financially, and working with other organizations to raise awareness and instill the importance of prevention.

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